Working 5 to 9

August 13, 2012

Here at NCLC we have a deep appreciation for the phrase ‘busy as a beaver’-we’ve witnessed the skill and speed with which a beaver colony can build-and rebuild-a dam, using mud, sticks and often blackberry canes to engineer something far stronger and suited to the job than anything a human could hope to construct using the same materials.

What we haven’t often witnessed are the beavers themselves!  Beavers are nocturnal creatures that are rarely seen during the daytime, preferring to work and play from dusk ’til dawn.

We know that our Thompson Creek property is home to a healthy colony of beavers, and we couldn’t be happier with the phenomenal wildlife habitat they are helping to create there, not only for themselves but for a whole host of other creatures who need the kind of slow-moving deep waterways that beaver dams result in.  In addition to songbirds, waterfowl, salamanders, frogs, and dragonflies, Thompson Creek is host to one of the healthiest runs of coastal coho salmon on the North Coast-juvenille salmon thrive in the conditions created by the beaver dam there.

Recently Neal Maine was enjoying a quiet evening at Thompson Creek, watching the fading day move into twilight.  Camera at the ready as always,  he was rewarded with a rare sighting of the elusive beaver clan emerging from their dens for their night of work and play.

While keeping busy with their job of invasive plant control and wetland habitat restoration, the beavers took the time to pass on skills to the next generation, as well as give them a good grooming while they were at it.

It’s nice to finally put some faces to the mysterious work crew at Thompson Creek.  We can’t thank them enough for their hard work at restoring ecological balance to this special place.

We’ll just keep planting willows for them, as we figure it’s a thank you gift that they can really appreciate and will definitely put to good use.



  1. Sue Kroning says:

    What great pictures of the beaver family! I am always blown away by Neal’s wonderful nature photos.